SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Desexing your companion animals saves lives

Every year, thousands of companion animals are euthanised across New Zealand because there are simply not enough homes for the huge numbers of animals bred around the country.

The overpopulation of companion animals is a huge concern, yet if everyone had their animal desexed there would be far fewer unwanted animals. Thousands of animals end up homeless every year and many are neglected. SPCA works hard to find homes for these animals, but it is an unending battle.

The SPCA believes that the desexing of companion animals is a vital component of population control, and is aware that the overpopulation of certain species and breeds is one of the greatest challenges facing animal advocates and animal shelters.

Desexing your companion animals will not only save lives in the long-run, but it can also improve their health and welfare, and might even help them to live longer.

SPCA is committed to reducing the number of unwanted animals by desexing all of the animals that we rehome (as long as it is safe for the individual animal and appropriate to the species and sex of animal). We also run regular desexing campaigns for owned pets, and work with local rescue organisations to desex stray cats in our community.

All animals rehomed from SPCA centres will be desexed, unless it is inappropriate for the species/sex of the animal concerned, or if it is deemed inappropriate by a veterinarian for the particular individual (e.g. for specific health reasons). If there is a valid reason why an animal cannot be desexed prior to rehoming, we will make sure that they will not be rehomed to a location where breeding can occur or where conflict or fighting is likely to occur with other entire animals.

The SPCA supports pre-pubertal desexing (that is desexing before the animal reaches puberty and is able to reproduce) and strongly recommends that all cats, dogs, rabbits and other companion animals are desexed as early as possible in accordance with veterinary advice. When there is a risk of an animal reproducing, the animal should be desexed as early as possible to prevent the production of unwanted animals which may result in the killing of healthy but unwanted animals.

Ways you can help to prevent companion animal overpopulation

  • Have your own companion animal desexed/sterilised
  • Encourage friends, family, and neighbours to have their animals desexed
  • Support and even donate towards the spaying and neutering of shelter animals and stray cats in our communities.

Be a part of the solution and not part of the problem: Desexing Saves Lives

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